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NOVAVERITAS NV has implemented an international internal auditors network in many parts of North America, South America and Europe: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela, and USA. 

Our internal auditors have been selected taking into account the paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Appendix to IMO Resolution A.913 (22) “Standards on ISM Code certification arrangements” which contain standards of competence and qualification arrangements for those who are to participate in verification of compliance with the requirements of the ISM Code.

In addition to this, our organization has developed a continuous training program, based in our virtual campus, to familiarize our internal auditors with specific requirements in relation to the process of how the customer needs that internal audit activities be conducted.(reports, check list, etc.)


OurInternal Safety Audit procedure take into account internal procedures of our customers and regulatory conventions, for this reason we encourage our clients to send us their own forms in advance to familiarize our internal auditor`s team.


The International Safety Management Code (ISM Code) becomes mandatory to all ships since July 2002. The purpose of this Code is to provide an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention.

12.1 The Company should carry out internal safety audits to verify whether safety and pollution-prevention activities comply with the safety management system.

12.2 The Company should periodically evaluate the efficiency of and, when needed, review the safety management system in accordance with procedures established by the Company.

12.3 The audits and possible corrective actions should be carried out in accordance with documented procedures.

12.4 Personnel carrying out audits should be independent of the areas being audited unless this is impracticable due to the size and the nature of the Company.

12.5 The results of the audits and reviews should be brought to the attention of all personnel having responsibility in the area involved.

12.6 The management personnel responsible for the area involved should take timely corrective action on deficiencies found.

TheInternal Safety Audit is also required to be carried out in the three months before ISM Certification. Internal Safety Audit is a fundamental checking process to demonstrate that the system is working properly and it has been implemented in a proper manner.